He was born in 1820/21 (5 (40 in 1861), 6 [44 in 1863]).
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 6).
On 12 January 1837, he married Jane E Matson.
She was born about 1824/25.
They were married by Frederick Plummer.
They had one known child (10):
Ellen L Hall ("Ella") (born Lower Merion, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 18 April 1851)
When he enlisted, he was a laborer (5, 6 [stone mason]).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair (5, 6).
During the war
He enlisted on 27 September 1861 (5).
He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Dye, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5).
He was mustered into service on 30 September 1861 (1).
He was a private in company F (1, 11).
On 3 November 1864, his widow, Jane Hall, successfully applied for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862 (8, 9, 10).
She was living in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (10).
Her application was accepted, retroactive to 18 June 1864; she initially received $8 per month (10).
On 25 March 1867, his widow, Jane Hall, applied for an increase in pension because of her child, under the Act of 25 July 1866 (10).
Her application was accepted, retroactive to 25 July 1866, and she received an additional $2 per month until Ellen turned 16 (10).
On 30 June 1899, Jane Hall was dropped from the pension rolls, because she hadn't claimed her pension (10).
She was last paid through 4 February 1896, at a rate of $12 per month (10).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233.
(In the roster)
2 Thomas Walter, 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier', Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail volume 3, number 48, page 2
(not named; this may not refer to Hall)
[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, Jane Hall widow of David Hall]
[transcribed from 34 pages on Fold3 (June 2012)]
12 January 1837
David Hall married Jane E Matson (pp.3, 6, 14)
Frederick Plummer minister (pp.6, 14)
Mary Griffith and William McNiece were present (pp.7, 14)
one child living at David Hall's death: Ella (or Ellen L) Hall, born Lower Merion, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 18 April 1850 (pp.3, 8 [18 April 1851], 14)
26 Dec 1863
enrolled and mustered in at Bealton VA as veteran private (p.5)
18 June 1864
killed in action near Petersburg (pp.3, 5)
3 Nov 1864
Jane Hall, 49 years old, widow of David Hall, resident of Montgomery County PA (post office address Norristown PA), applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.3)
application 70999, dated 31 October 1864 (p.3)
attorney C T Foulks + Co, Philadelphia PA (p.3)
witnesses Mary Griffith (resident of Delaware County PA) and William McNiece (resident of Philadelphia PA) (p.3)
application accepted 4 August 1865, retroactive to 18 June 1864, at a rate of $8 per month (p.10)
certificate 53,094, dated 9 August 1865 (p.10)
23 Dec 1864
Adjutant General's office replied to the Pension Bureau's request for information with the above-summarized data (p.5; see also p.12)
1 Mar 1865
Jane Hall, 49 years old, resident of Norristown, swore that no church record of her marriage was available, that the original certificate is on file in the Pension Department, that it can't be verified by the minister because he is believed to be deceased, that she has already filed the affidavit of one eyewitness with the Pension Department, that she does not know where any other eyewitnesses are, that her child was never baptized, and that no better proof can be obtained (pp.29-30)
3 Aug 1865
Jane Hall informed the Pension Bureau that Foulks + Co's "conduct towards [her] has proved very unsatisfactory" and that she intended to represent herself thereafter (p.21)
dated 1 Aug 1865
23 Mar 1867
G H Waters, physician, swore that he had attended Jane E Hall when she had a child on 18 April 1851 (p.8)
25 Mar 1867
Jane E Hall, 52 [?] years old, post office Norristown, Montgomery County PA, applied for an increase in widow's pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (pp.16, 19)
dated 19 March 1867 (p.19)
witnesses: Elizabeth Herm and Charles David of Philadelphia (p.19)
attorney: Mathews Poulson + Co Philadelphia PA (pp.16, 17, 20)
accepted 17 October 1867 (p.16)
certificate dated 28 October 1867 issued for $8 per month retroactive to 18 June 1864 and $2 per month for each child under 16 retroactive to 25 July 1866 (pp.16, 17)
1 August 1867
the Pension Bureau sent a letter to her attorneys asking them to explain the different names (Ella vs. Ellen L) and birthdates (18 Apr 1850 vs 18 Apr 1851) of their child (pp.11, 23)
20 Aug 1867
Jane E Hall declared that her daughter is 'mostly called' Ella, and that in her original pension application she gave that name and gave her birthdate from memory, and that the correct name and birthdate is the one on the declaration for increase of pension, Ellen L, born 18 April 1851 (p.27)
22 August [no year, perhaps 1867?]
the certificate was returned "to P. [sc. pensioner?] in person" (p.11)
17 May 1868
the Pension Bureau sent circular 17 (p.13)
23 Mar 1869
Jane Hall wrote to the Pension Bureau asking why she received only $21 on 18 March, because she had been overpaid $27 on 4 March 1868, which she denied receiving (p.25)
her address: 345 North 6th St, Philadelphia PA (p.25)
2 April 1869
the Pension Bureau sent a letter to Jane Hall about an overpayment (p.18)
17 Dec 1875
the Pension Bureau instructed the Pension Agent to suspend (p.18)
18 Jan 1876
the Pension Bureau instructed the Pension Agent to resume payment (p.18)
1 May 1890
the Pension Bureau sent "AD" [?] to Jane Hall; an old "Pl." [?] (sc., perhaps, 'certificate'?) was on file (p.18)
3 May 1890
Frank H Conrad, justice of the peace, noted that the Pension Department had her certificate, and she could not remember the company and regiment in which her husband had served (p.31) (received 7 May 1890 p.32)
Jane Hall lived in West Conshohocken, Montgomery County, PA (p.32)
26 May 1890
the Pension Bureau reissued Jane Hall's certificate, because the certificate was "worn out" (p.33)
30 June 1899
Jane E Hall dropped from pension rolls because of section 4719 (failure to claim) (pp.9, 34)
received by certificate division 29 July 1899, and by Finance Division on 9 November 1899 (p.9)
last paid at a rate of $12 per month through 4 February 1896 (p.9)